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Curated research library of TV news clips regarding the NSA, its oversight and privacy issues, 2009-2014

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Primary curation & research: Robin Chin, Internet Archive TV News Researcher; using TV News Archive service.

Speakers

Thomas Massie
U.S. Representative R-Kentucky
LINKTV 07/24/2013
Massie: The Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper was here in March and unambiguously lied to congress. i believe he was under oath. And it sets a bad precedent for the whole organization to let him keep his post. i think he should be relieved of his post for lying to congress. He could have chosen other words to say. He could've said,
Thomas Massie
U.S. Representative R-Kentucky
LINKTV 07/24/2013
Massie: If we accept the premise it is ok for government to lie to us or for one branch of the government to lie to another branch of government in order to protect our public safety, then we have crossed the threshold. We cannot accept it is ok for government to lie to us to protect us. Conyers: yes
Thomas Massie
U.S. Representative, R-Kentucy, co-sponsor Amash Amendment
LINKTV 08/02/2013
Massie: (my) concerns deal with the oversight of the programs. And the reporting to Congress and to people. In March, we had the Director of National Intelligence come to Congress, to the Senate, to tell us this program did not exist. Yet last week, we had the head of the NSA here lobbying to fund the program. And so what we need is more oversight. They can’t both maintain that the program doesn't exist or tell us lies in Congress, and then ask us to fund them. Specifically what we need is more visibility into the FISA court rulings.
Thomas Massie
U.S. Representative, R-Kentucy, co-sponsor Amash Amendment
LINKTV 08/02/2013
Massie: We understand the need for secrecy in ongoing investigations, but we need to know how the FISA court is interpreting the laws that Congress has written. We need oversight over that from Congress and we need redacted and declassified versions of those FISA court rulings for the public.
Thomas Massie
U.S. Representative, R-Kentucy, co-sponsor Amash Amendment
LINKTV 08/02/2013
Massie: Clearly, his (Snowden’s) disclosures have changed the course of human history, really. I think his initial disclosures were a service to our country because now we are having this conversation. And we wouldn't be having this conversation. I can't speak for Mr.. Snowden's actions now, he is basically a person looking out for his own life at this point, but
Thomas Massie
U.S. Representative, R-Kentucy, co-sponsor Amash Amendment
LINKTV 08/02/2013
Massie: What he (Snowden) did initially was a service to our country. We need to facilitate a way for whistleblowers to do that in a better fashion. I don't think our current whistleblower laws would have provided for him to do what he’s done in a better fashion, so I would like to see some reform there as well.
John Conyers
U.S. Representative, Judiciary Ranking Member
LINKTV 08/02/2013
Conyers continued: and activity with telephone collections and other things that are now being revealed that would not have been revealed otherwise. Massie: Can I just add that some people say he should have gone to a Congressman with this information. But there actually probably are 20 or 30 Congressmen that already knew about this program and if he had went to them, i think we would not be having this discussion and he may already be in jail without the disclosure happening.
Thomas Massie
U.S. Representative, R-Kentucy, co-sponsor Amash Amendment
LINKTV 08/02/2013
Massie: Whether these people should keep their jobs or not. You could probably parse General Keith Alexander's words and somebody could argue that he wasn't lying, but i would say he was definitely misleading the public on that issue. But the Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, was here in March and unambiguously lied to Congress. I believe he was under oath. It really sets a bad precedent for the whole organization to let him keep his post. I think you should be relieved of his post for lying
Thomas Massie
U.S. Representative, R-Kentucy, co-sponsor Amash Amendment
LINKTV 08/02/2013
Massie continued: lying to Congress. He could have chosen other words to say. He could've said, "i can't comment on that." Instead he chose to lie to us in a hearing. Goodman: Could he be brought up on charges of perjury? Massie: if this were any American citizen or civilian, they would certainly be prosecuted for what he just did. At a minimum, he should lose his post. Goodman: do you agree with that, Congress member Conyers? Conyers: yes, ma'am, I do, completely
Thomas Massie
U.S. Representative, R-Kentucy, co-sponsor Amash Amendment
LINKTV 08/02/2013
Massie: if we accept the premise it is ok for government to lie to us or for one branch of the government to lie to another branch of government in order to protect our public safety, then we have crossed the threshold. We cannot accept it is ok for government to lie to us to protect us. Conyers: yes. We can't turn into a surveillance state, trying to protect these kinds of
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